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Best Documentaries

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Neil_Duffy, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Marty M

    Marty M Cinematographer

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    I agree with that, but unfortunately this great documentary has not been released to DVD.
     
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    Scott_MacD Supporting Actor

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    Hoop Dreams : It was apparently released briefly in the UK. I can't seem to find it though..
     
  3. Neil_Duffy

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    Hoop Dreams is available on DVD in the Uk... I picked it up for about £4.99 a few months back. Ona related note, is Stevie availble? This was a great another great doc from Steve James.
     
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    I would like to recommend a film called "Jupiter's Wife," which I believe is about to be released on DVD. It is the story of an odd (possibly Schizophrenic), homeless woman who lives in NY's Central Park with a pack of dogs. She is very charming and smart, but speaks almost entirely in metaphors -- claiming, among other things, to be Jupiter's wife. The film maker who made this documentary got completely captivated by her and in the process of researching her history made some very surprising discoveries about her life and her past. It is an amazing piece of work and an interesting look at the complex and often tragic influences on the human psyche.

    I recently read a review of a documentary made about some famous skateboarder who was convicted of the murder of his girl friend. I cannot remember the title of this film. Does anyone here know it?

    Thanks,

    Deborah
     
  5. ChrisBEA

    ChrisBEA Screenwriter

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    Wow! Forgot about Beyond the Mat, that is an excellent one. They have a SE DVD coming soon.

    Recently saw The Fog of War and that was really good. Looking forward to a DVD release of that.
     
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    That seems a bit odd that a movie about an all-American sport of basketball is only avaiable in the UK.
     
  8. Ernest Rister

    Ernest Rister Producer

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    THE CIVIL WAR: A FILM BY KEN BURNS
    THE THIN BLUE LINE
    HOOP DREAMS
    WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (don't know if this is on DVD or not -- it's on cable every now and then)
    PARADISE LOST
    SHOAH
    A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

    Those should do the trick.
     
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    Dane Marvin Screenwriter

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    When "Titanic" finally gets an SE, I'm sure there will be a pretty good one, but in the mean time, is there a great documentary on DVD about the history and sinking of the Titanic?
     
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    Dogtown and Z-Boys


    Bowling for Columbine
     
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    A Personal Journey Through American Film With Martin Scorsese is a fascinating and loving tribute to hollywood films and artist they helped to create.

    Also, I love Grey Gardens (Criterion), Fast Cheap and Out of Control, Visions of Light!!!
     
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    I think this must be the one you mean, DeborahK Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

    Phil Florian - the original Paradise Lost documentary from 1996 is only out on vhs, but the follow-up they did in 2000 is on dvd by New Video
     
  13. John Watson

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    Good subject.

    I recently picked up Scorcese's Blues, and while I'm not sure its great, it is noteworthy. I would like to see similar wideranging documentraies on other forms of pop music - country, early R&R, etc.

    I only have 2 other documentaries - Chuck Jones LIFE IN ANIMATION, and a bio of LOUISE BROOKS. I had THEREMIN, it was touching but unsatisfying.

    I sometimes wish the A&E bios came on DVD, tho the programs tend to be lightweight.

    For browsing, you could go to DVD Empire and click on the documentary category.

    http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v5_cat...403630&redir=1
     
  14. Rick Blaine

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    Take a look at
    "The Day After Trinity"
    and
    "Brother Can You Spare a Dime".

    Both out on DVD

    Rick
     
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    Docs I've seen recently that I enjoyed a lot:

    Balseros
    Hell's Highway
    Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies
    To Be and To Have
    Winged Migration
    Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)
    A Decade Under the Influence
    Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
    The Kid Stays in the Picture
    Spellbound
    Lost in La Mancha
    The Boys of 2nd Street Park
    The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
    Dogtown and Z-Boys
    Startup.com
     
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    The Last Waltz - Martin Scorsese
     
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    also, not available on DVD but should be!!!

    Conversations With Gregory Peck
     
  18. DeborahK

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    Mara,

    Thanks for the title!

    Deborah
     
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    I can't believe that nobody's mentioned some of the classic, hugely influential and highly watchable documentaries:

    World at War
    The Great War
    Salesmen
    Nanook of the North

    all available on DVD.

    And not on DVD, but should be:

    The Ascent of Man
    Civilisation
     
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    Sorry, double post.
     

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